All Parish Bulletin

What Our Spirit Longs For




Couldn’t you keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

~Matthew 26:40b-41

Prayer is hard work. It is a full body, mind, and spirit act of worship. It requires us to submit ourselves, our plans, and our desires at the feet of Jesus. It requires us to quiet the noise, silence the things stimulating our brains, and to kneel before the Father and focus on Him. It requires us to “keep watch” or to “be on the alert” so that we will not fall into temptation. It requires our undivided attention to see where God is moving, not only in our lives but the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Prayer is the thing our spirit so longs for, but our flesh is repulsed by it. Thankfully, Jesus teaches us how to pray in Luke 11 with the Lord’s Prayer. He teaches us that prayer is the most unselfish thing we can do. Jesus never uses “me” or “ I” but he always uses “us” or “our.” “OUR Father,” “Give US OUR daily bread,” and “Lead US not into temptation but deliver US from the evil one.” Let us pray the way Jesus taught us. Let us lift up each other in prayer. Let us lift up our neighbors, our friends, our enemies in prayer this week.


 I think John Calvin said it best, “to make intercession for others is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.

~Nick Smith

Pastoral Resident


Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

While we can’t chat in person on Sunday mornings before service, we can still say “hi” virtually! Join in on Sunday mornings starting at 9:15am until 9:55am. Pop in just to say hello or stay the whole time! We’d love to “see” you all there! Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Family Ministry Lessons

Don’t forget to have your kiddos check out this week’s Family Ministry video! Click here to see this week, or any of our past week’s, lessons.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Hope



I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.

~Psalm 130

Hope is something that can feel foolish in this cultural moment we find ourselves in. In one way or another, we are all isolated right now. We are isolated from our church community, from our normal routines and from family. A danger I fear many of us are on the verge of slipping into is isolation from God as well. In this isolation, we are being forced to slow down and assess where the source of our hope lies. Is it in ourselves? Our church leaders? Our government officials? Or is it in the Only One who can save? I’m sure at one point or another, we have all misplaced our hope in something other than Christ. There is no shame in that, but the Holy Spirit is calling us to place our trust in Him, over and over and over again. David used his isolating life to wait on the Lord. To grow his hope in God through meditating on His Word. He knew that this hope and confidence in God would be met with lovingkindness and abundant redemption. If you are finding yourself bogged down by the weight of the world, know that it is not yours to carry. Your loving Heavenly Father is reaching out to carry that burden. As David called Israel, I call on you, my church family to hope in the Lord. May this time of isolation mark us as a people who confidently wait on and hope in Christ alone to bring about redemption. 

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

While we can’t chat in person on Sunday mornings before service, we can still say “hi” virtually! Join in on Sunday mornings starting at 9:15am until 9:55am. Pop in to say hello or stay the whole time. We’d love to “see” you all there! Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Family Ministry Lessons

Don’t forget to have your kiddos check out week 4 of the FOCUS series! Click here to see this week, or any of our past week’s, lessons.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Hope



I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.

~Psalm 130

Hope is something that can feel foolish in this cultural moment we find ourselves in. In one way or another, we are all isolated right now. We are isolated from our church community, from our normal routines and from family. A danger I fear many of us are on the verge of slipping into isolation from God as well. In this isolation, we are being forced to slow down and assess where the source of our hope lies. Is it in ourselves? Our church leaders? Our government officials? Or is it in the Only One who can save? I’m sure at one point or another, we have all misplaced our hope in something other than Christ. There is no shame in that, but the Holy Spirit is calling us to place our trust in Him, over and over and over again. David used his isolating life to wait on the Lord. To grow his hope in God through meditating on His Word. He knew that this hope and confidence in God would be met with lovingkindness and abundant redemption. If you are finding yourself bogged down by the weight of the world, know that it is not yours to carry. Your loving Heavenly Father is reaching out to carry that burden. As David called Israel, I call on you, my church family to hope in the Lord. May this time of isolation mark us as a people who confidently wait on and hope in Christ alone to bring about redemption. 


Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

While we can’t chat on Sunday mornings before service, we can still say “hi” virtually! Join in on Sunday mornings starting at 9:15am until 9:55am. Pop in to say hello or stay the whole time. We’d love to “see” you all there! Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to “see” you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Family Ministry Lessons

Don’t forget to have your kiddos check out week 4 of the FOCUS series! Click here to see this week, or any of our past week’s, lessons.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

A Message of New Life

We had a great time catching up with some of you last week in The Park Church Lobby! Join us again this Sunday by jumping on an All Parish Zoom meeting room starting at 9:15-9:55 AM to say good morning and see some familiar faces. Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to “see” you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call this Sunday.

Dear church: As followers of Jesus, we proclaim a message of new life in Him AND we live out His new “way” before the watching world. So, we speak out and we pour out in actions a new kingdom ethic.


The book of James tells us that faith is meant to produce works. In James 2:18 it says, “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” Paul writes to the church at Ephesus, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Right before this Paul makes it clear that we are saved by grace. But this grace then propels us into ministry with and through Jesus.


As we all face this rollercoaster season of emotion, uncertainty and exhaustion, I want you to know we are here for you, we are praying for you, and we love you. We feel some of our best ways to minister to and support you right now is through prayer and encouragement. Would you take a moment today and email us at prayer@theparksa.org and let us know how we can join with you in prayer?

I know you have likely read the above verses before. My purpose in bringing them to the forefront in this ever-changing season is to remind us that the church has been uniquely deployed into our city right now. Though we aren’t gathering like we normally do, we have the great opportunity to seek the Lord as a scattered people because the church has always been both; a gathered and a scattered people. I want to be clear (and I can speak on behalf of our staff team) that we MISS you dearly! I think we say that every week in our streamed worship service. And though we miss you we don’t want to take our foot off the gas when it comes to our sentness into the world. The scattered church of which you are a part is powerful and beautiful. My prayer is that you will seek the Lord in whatever new, sustainable and creative ways in which He is calling you to join Him in the work He’s doing. Is there something simple you can do in service to a neighbor? Is there someone that’s been called to mind that may need a phone call? 


What if in this turbulent season, the church is actually reinvigorated toward loving one another and our neighbors well in missional acts of service?

May we abide in Him, rest in Him and from that place then pour ourselves out in doing the work of ministry as we follow Jesus’ way into the world. 

~Chris Nikkel

MacTerrace Parish Pastor


Gatherings for 8

Join us for a Social Distancing Gathering on Saturday, July 25th! You will have two opportunities to gather with people from our community. Whichever you feel most comfortable doing, we hope you will join us in this new community event. These in person or online gatherings will be created by neighborhood and/or location so you can get to know people that live in your area! Our hope is that while we can’t have conversations and gather on Sunday mornings, that this will provide an opportunity for the church community to still develop relationships and have community during this season. You can choose to do an In-Person Gathering of 8-10 people in a front yard/driveway from 6-8 PM, bring your own dinner and drinks, or a Zoom Happy Hour 8-9 PM. We hope you can join in one, or both, of these events! Click here to join a group.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

A Proclamation People

This Sunday we are kicking off The Park Church Lobby! Jump in an All Parish Zoom meeting room starting at 9:15-9:55 AM to say good morning and see some familiar faces. Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to “see” you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call this Sunday.

Dear church: As followers of Jesus, we are a proclamation people.


I want to remind us of this wonderful truth as we head into the weekend.


As a community who are following Jesus into the neighborhood, part of our ministry is to join with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit to do what we read in 1 Peter 2:9, “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light“.


Over and again in scripture we see God calling a person or a people to go and tell. Many times this invitation is met by hesitation, fear, and even trepidation. Take a look at Abraham, Moses, Jonah to name a few examples. So these reactions are normal yet God is always persistent in his initiative to use us and work in and through us to bring people into a relationship with Him. He is not limited to this avenue as we know he shows up in miraculous ways at times in dreams and visions, but more times than not he would seem to prefer using new creations (you and me) as instruments in bringing more new creation.


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

With this newness comes a message, a new voice, and a confident expectation in the work of God in the world. I love in the Book of Acts how we see Peter rising in this new voice and belief in God’s ability to change things. It would not have been easy and it most definitely turned some heads, but Peter spoke of the loving work of God to redeem people from their sin and in doing so proclaimed Jesus and his resurrection to all. As we engage in the marathon work of loving our neighbors we do so realizing their greatest need is to be rescued, forgiven, and set free in Christ. He is the one who renews, heals, and restores.


What does the proclamation of Jesus look like in your current season? Who are you in relationship with that needs to hear your voice? May God give you courage, joy and humility as you speak of the great love and hope found only in Jesus Christ.

~Chris Nikkel

MacTerrace Parish Pastor


Family Ministry Sunday Activity

Join us this Sunday during service for a fun family activity! Click here to view the instructions and printable sheet. Gather the following supplies and join our streaming service: two paper cups, glue, scissors, crayons, and string.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Gatherings for 8

Join us for a Social Distancing Gathering on Saturday, July 25th! You will have two opportunities to gather with people from our community. Whichever you feel most comfortable doing, we hope you will join us in this new community event. These in person or online gatherings will be created by neighborhood and/or location so you can get to know people that live in your area! Our hope is that while we can’t have conversations and gather on Sunday mornings, that this will provide an opportunity for the church community to still develop relationships and have community during this season. You can choose to do an In-Person Gathering of 8-10 people in a front yard/driveway from 6-8 PM, bring your own dinner and drinks, or a Zoom Happy Hour 8-9 PM. We hope you can join in one, or both, of these events! Click here to join a group.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resuming Services Update


While our plan was to meet in person, with all necessary precautions on July 12, we are pushing that back. We are monitoring the rise of Covid-19 cases in our city and reassessing our plans weekly. We have a space to meet, a plan to do in person worship, continuing our live steam, and we have an outdoor option… that will happen, but not yet. In the meantime keep jumping in for our Sunday service (available on our website and on our Facebook page every Sunday). We are working up plans for new ways to connect, dialogue, and encourage one another.

Please check out this video we created for all of you! We love you and miss you. Feel free to contact parish pastors for more information:

Scott Austin // scott@theparksa.org

Chris Nikkel // chris@theparksa.org

Mike Defrees // mike@theparksa.org

A Good-bye To a Staff Member

We have been blessed by the ministry, laughter and community driven heart of Aaron Villarreal. While Aaron attended Midtown primarily, he served across the board on The Park staff team. Aaron will be moving on to use his gifting at Mission City Renewal, which focusses on launching community projects here in San Antonio and designing tools and resources. We are excited to see how God will use Aaron there. Love you Aaron!

Good Neighbor Cohorts

If you’re still looking to get started on a Good Neighbor cohort, there’s still time. These are designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

The Peace of Christ

This Sunday, we will be discussing the peace of Christ and how we are to participate in the shalom that God brings. In the cultural moment we find ourselves in, it appears that there is no peace. Something our staff has been discussing and praying through is how to lead our parishioners through this challenging and divided time. Lindsey Wright offered some wisdom regarding the division that is seemingly intensified at this time, “I feel like God is using this time to shed light on and expose the brokenness and division that was already there lurking beneath the facade of unity and peace.” This brings up the question: Is it divisive to talk about things (such as racism) that people land on different sides? In Matthew 5, Jesus says that we are called to be peace-makers, not peace-keepers. Peace-keeping often results in trying to make everyone happy and skirting around difficult topics. Peace-making might seem divisive, but truth often brings about a certain discomfort: “True reconciliation, justice and shalom require a remembering of suffering, an unearthing of a shameful history and a willingness to enter into lament. Lament calls for an authentic encounter with the truth and challenges privilege, because privilege would hide the truth that creates discomfort.” -Dr. Soon Chan-Rah, Prophetic LamentWhen we are confronted with truth, it can be a painful experience. How will we respond to hearing truth in love? Will we be defensive and angry? Or will we humbly listen and invite others and the Holy Spirit to reveal where we are not participating in the shalom of God? I would encourage you to combat the natural urge to pridefully defend your position or actions. I believe true shalom does not require unanimous agreement on all things. Shalom requires that we allow truth to unearth brokenness and participate in the path of healing.

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


Resuming Services Update

We will be resuming services July 12 at 10am at Aggie Park. We will meet with the following precautions: pre-registration, masks/social distancing policies are required, and no Family Ministry environments will be provided. Check back soon, we will provide more details in the coming weeks!

Good Neighbor Cohorts

Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are launching learning cohorts with this curriculum that will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Hear my prayer, O Lord!

A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord. Hear my prayer, O Lord! And let my cry for help come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; incline Your ear to me; in the day when I call answer me quickly.

~Psalm 102:1-2

Lament can be an uncomfortable place to allow ourselves to journey through. The reality of systemic racism and injustice suffered by our Black brothers and sisters should prompt a litany of responses from believers in Jesus. Racially motivated prejudice, hatred and violence have no place in our world, and especially not in the Kingdom of God. As we have been discussing ways to be a good neighbor over these past weeks, I believe that humbly listening and responding to our neighbors is central to living out the gospel in the here and now. Just as David cried out with a heavy heart of lament, our Black neighbors are crying out in the day of distress. Will the Church incline their ear? Will the Church respond quickly? Will the Church join in lamenting? 


“Lament in the Bible is a liturgical response to the reality of suffering and engages God in the context of pain and trouble. The hope of lament is that God would respond to human suffering that is wholeheartedly communicated through lament. Lament recognizes the struggles of life and cries out for justice against existing injustices.”

-Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament


Scripture is full of stories of lament and God’s nearness to the oppressed, broken-hearted and down-trodden. We are to be a people who mourn with those who mourn. Who see the beauty and the Imago Dei in each and every person regardless of race, sexuality, creed or status. Who diligently and humbly pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 


Please hear me say this, to those who are hurting: Your church family is hurting with and for you. To those who are mourning and lamenting: Your church family is mourning and lamenting with and for you. To those who are fearful: Your church family is standing with and for you in faith.

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


Good Neighbor Cohorts

In partnership with Mission City Renewal we are excited to bring you Good Neighbor. Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Take the framework and make it your own. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are rolling this out in two phases: 1) A Good Neighbor Preaching Series beginning June 7 where we will explore Jesus teaching on neighboring, sacrifice, reconciliation, and kindness. 2) We are launching learning cohorts with the good neighbor curriculum. These cohorts will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, a group of neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.


Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resuming Services Plan

Returning to In-Person Service

We are in the last stages of finalizing plans to gather in July. Thank you to those who took our survey, it was incredibly helpful in making plans to resume services. We hope to be transparent during this planning process, so we wanted to share some of the most important results. Below are some of the results of the nearly 200 people who took the survey:

  1. When the Park reopens (with appropriate cleaning and social distancing measures in place), almost 60% stated they would return, or return with reservations.
  2. In regards to what precautions would be taken, if any, when attending in person worship over 50% stated they would attend with masks, over 70% with sitting/standing 6 feet away from one another, over 70% with avoiding any physical contact, over 60% avoiding crowded spacing, and over 70% bringing hand sanitizer.
  3. 70% are likely or very likely that they would attend as a family without Family Ministries available.
  4. Less than 50% said they would leave their children in Family Ministry classes while they attended service.

Good Neighbor Cohorts

In partnership with Mission City Renewal we are excited to bring you Good Neighbor. Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Take the framework and make it your own. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are rolling this out in two phases: 1) A Good Neighbor Preaching Series beginning June 7 where we will explore Jesus teaching on neighboring, sacrifice, reconciliation, and kindness. 2) We are launching learning cohorts with the good neighbor curriculum. These cohorts will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, a group of neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.


Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resources on Race and Racial Reconciliation

In a time when we are seeking to educate ourselves and looking for ways to support racial reconciliation, it can be hard to know where to look. Below are just a few resources available to respond to the call to action. We will continue to post more resources in the coming weeks.

Children’s Books:

(San Antonio Public Library is opening June 16th with contact-free book pick up, download the app or find books online):

The Gospel in Color Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

God Made Me and You by Shai Linne

Colorfull by Dorena Williamson

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Videos:

Race Ted Talk Playlist

People of God and Diversity

Websites:

Be The Bridge

Color of Change


Sunday Morning Preschool Engagement Activity

This Sunday we will be teaching on the parable of the good Samaritan. Gather some bandaids or stickers, washable markers, damp washcloth and a roll of toilet paper. As the story is shared, ask your preschooler to act as the good Samaritan. You can choose a plastic doll or adult to be the wounded traveler. Optional: You can even draw some wounds with washable markers on the person/doll. Have your preschooler wash the wounded, give medicine, and bandage up the person with bandaids and toilet paper. 
Family Discussion Questions: What can we do to be a good neighbor this week? 

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

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